Jeffrey W. Eggers

Senior Fellow, International Security Program

Jeffrey W. Eggers is a senior fellow in New America's International Security program, researching practical proposals to enhance performance in public sector policy-making, with specific attention on the behavioral science of decision-making governance processes.

Eggers transitioned out of public service in May 2015, having served at the White House for six years under two presidents, most recently as special assistant to the president for national security affairs. He is now founder and CEO of a strategic advisory firm specializing in organizational leadership and performance.

Eggers retired from the U.S. Navy in 2013, having served in the special operations community as a Navy SEAL. He served as strategic advisor to General Stanley McChrystal, special assistant to chairman of the Joint Chiefs Admiral Mike Mullen, branch chief for combating terrorism on the Joint Staff, and director for combating terrorism at the National Security Council. His operational tours included several SEAL Teams, commander of the Special Operations Task Unit in western Iraq, and operations officer and mission commander for the U.S. Navy’s undersea special operations command.

In 2014, President Obama presented Eggers with the Samuel Nelson Drew Award for “Distinguished Contribution in Pursuit of Global Peace” for his role in mediating the political crisis following the 2014 Afghan presidential elections.

Eggers is also a senior advisor with the McChrystal Group, an adjunct senior fellow with the RAND Corporation advising on international security, and an advisor to the Geneva-based Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, where he assists with international conflict mediation. He serves on the board of a non-profit that cares for and assists the families of veterans killed in action. He holds an M.A. from Oxford University and a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy.

All Work

When War Becomes an Easy Decision

Tom Donahue’s documentary raises difficult questions about the struggles of veterans after war and the decisions of a country before war.

Ways to Effectively Respond to Terrorism

Jeff Eggers was interviewed on CBS News about ways to effectively respond to terrorism.

How the Terrorists Lose

Monday’s attacks may have been retribution for Friday’s arrest.

Department of Defense Security Cooperation and Assistance Programs and Authorities

Jeffrey Eggers gave testimony to the Senate Subcommittee on Emerging Threats on March 9.

The U.S. was supposed to leave Afghanistan by 2017. Now it might take decades.

"The Korea model is not necessary if the peace process moves forward — that’s the preferred path for all parties."

State of the Union's Defense Policy

President Obama mentioned foreign and defense policy more than ever before in his State of the Union. Jeff Eggers on why that shift in the q

Improving the Pentagon’s Development of Policy, Strategy, and Plans

Jeffrey Eggers testified in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee on defense reform.

The Cost of Fear-Based Policy

Most acts of terror within the United States are carried out by right-wing domestic extremist groups. But that isn’t how Americans imagine t

Afghanistan, Choose Your Enemies Wisely

America made its enemy larger after 9/11 by bundling together the Taliban, an internally directed insurgency, with the transnational terrori